Monday, March 31, 2008

It's April Fools Day on the Web - A Day Early?

Looks like some websites are getting a jump on the April Fool's Day jokes. Google started it all off by releasing a new "service" today called gDay that lets users search web pages a day in advance. It claims this is possible by constructing what the web will look like in 24 hours based off historical trends found in their data. It does this with a technology called "MATE" (Machine Automated Temporal Extrapolation). Get it, gDay MATE! Google fittingly chose to release this service a day earlier than April 1st. Har har har. Google has had a history of embracing this jokester's holiday

Michael Arrington followed suit with a blog entry on TechCrunch claiming that he was suing FaceBook for 25 million for using his face to sell BlockBuster movie rentals on their site. I have to admit, I thought I was privy to some breaking new juicy internet gossip until I started reading the comments at the bottom. He really put some effort into this post going as far as citing California legal rhetoric.

The iPhone Dev Team who has been Jalbreaking every iPhone firmware since 1.0 is claiming to have disbanded. Apparently, this news was undetermined to be false at first but now is confirmed not to be true.

So, if it's not even April Fool's Day yet and there's already fake news popping up left and right, I think I'll be abstaining from reading news on the web tomorrow, lest I be RickRolled.

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